MacKinnon and Barrie both had a goal and an assist as the Avs beat the Flames 5-2 Wednesday night

Posted: 10:42 PM, Feb 28, 2018
Updated: 2018-03-01 00:42:29-05
MacKinnon and Barrie both had a goal and an assist as the Avs beat the Flames 5-2 Wednesday night

DENVER --  Nathan MacKinnon  and  Tyson Barrie  each had a goal and an assist in the  Colorado Avalanche 's 5-2 victory over the  Calgary Flames  on Wednesday night.

Matt Nieto  and  Nikita Zadorov  also scored, and  Semyon Varlamov  made 30 saves. The Avalanche have won 11 of 12 home games to tighten the Western Conference playoff race.

Colorado tied Calgary with 73 points and moved within a point of Anaheim and St. Louis for the second wild card.

Mikael Backlund  and  Michael Frolik  scored, and  David Rittich  stopped 29 shots for Calgary, which couldn't rally with its leading scorer out for the last 11:55.

Johnny Gaudreau  was tossed after drawing a high-sticking penalty on Colorado's  Blake Comeau . Gaudreau was given an unsportsmanlike minor penalty on the play and then assessed a game misconduct after arguing with the officials from the penalty box.

Colorado took control with a four-goal flurry in the second period that turned a 2-0 deficit into a two-goal lead. MacKinnon's 29th midway through the period started it, Zadorov tied it 1:08 later, and Barrie gave Barrie gave the Avs a 3-2 lead with his seventh goal at 12:41.

Nieto made it 4-2 with 1:18 to go when  Carl Soderberg  threaded a pass through two defensemen to the front of the net for an easy tap-in.

Duncan Siemens  sealed it when he scored into an empty net with 17 seconds left in the game for his first NHL goal.

The Flames capitalized on a pair of Colorado turnovers to take an early two-goal. Backlund scored a short-handed goal at 14:19 of the first, and Frolik made it 2-0 with his 10th goal 2:41 into the second.

Game notes
Colorado was 1 of 7 on the power play. ... Flames D 
Nick Shore , acquired from Ottawa on Monday, was scratched due to illness. ... The Avalanche recalled G  Spencer Martin  from the AHL to serve as Varlamov's backup.  Jonathan Bernier and  Andrew Hammond  are in the concussion protocol. ... Calgary is 6-4-1 on the second night of back-to-back games. ... Comeau and Soderberg had two assists each for Colorado.


Flames: Host the  New York Rangers  on Friday night.

Avalanche: Host Minnesota on Friday night.